June 2019

Why Do We Need to “Prove” Things in Our Society?

By |2019-06-11T09:15:48-04:00June 11th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines proof in a noun form as:

  1. The cogency of evidence that compels acceptance by the mind of a truth or a fact
  2. The process or an instance of establishing the validity of a statement especially by derivation from other statements in accordance with principles of reasoning

We live in a society that […]

Are Plastic-Eating Microbes the Future?

By |2019-06-04T10:30:20-04:00June 4th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

One such solution is the proliferation of plastic-eating microbes. This might sound like something out of a cheesy science fiction film, but it’s a real possibility that is being carefully researched at the University of Malta.

A team of researchers at the university are looking at ways to accelerate plastic deterioration, focusing in particular on […]

May 2019

Dandelions: Good for the Environment?

By |2019-05-28T09:10:16-04:00May 28th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Could dandelions actually be good for the environment? Long dismissed as a weed, the plant is now giving hope to researchers who have been looking for ways to rehabilitate regions damaged by oil spills.

Biologist Susan Kaminskyj from the University of Saskatchewan recently discovered a dandelion growing in the middle of an otherwise completely barren patch […]

Pros and Cons of Leaving Old Fencerows in Place

By |2019-05-21T08:24:09-04:00May 21st, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Fencerows are a remnant of a bygone era in many parts of Canada. In years past, fencerows were the last remaining bits of forests that covered what is now farmland. When that land was divided, cleared for farming and separated into parcels, rows of trees and shrubs were left as a means of […]

Trees in Pop Culture: Some Famous Examples

By |2019-05-14T09:43:38-04:00May 14th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Trees are an important part of the human experience, so it should come as no surprise that there are numerous examples of important trees in literature, art, film and pop culture. You can go all the way back to ancient texts to learn of examples such as the Tree of Life, a concept found in […]

Plants and Trees as Objects of Commemoration

By |2019-05-07T09:09:52-04:00May 7th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , |

There is a longstanding tradition of planting trees to mark an event or remember the death of a person. It’s a fitting tribute, one that will stand the test of time as the tree grows, and one that is alive rather than stone or marble.

There are plenty of notable examples of these types of natural […]

April 2019

Performance Starts With the Best Soil

By |2019-05-06T17:40:19-04:00April 30th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The quality and composition of soil isn’t just important for environmental purposes—there are a number of activities you might not think of right away that are also greatly impacted by soil quality. For example, rodeos, horse racing, baseball and other field sports all require high-quality soil composition to provide the best performance and the utmost […]

A Touch of Spring Inside: Starting Seeds In Your Home During the Winter Months

By |2019-04-23T09:02:14-04:00April 23rd, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |

Even though winter is officially over, spring can still seem like it’s quite a ways away when the weather is still cold and when there are still piles of snow strewn about the landscape. It’s still going to be a bit before you’re able to spend some time outside tending to your gardens. That being […]

How Do We Save More Water—Trees or Lawns?

By |2019-04-16T09:04:33-04:00April 16th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , |

There is a constant desire for more green space in urban areas. However, growing these green spaces is often easier said than done, as getting this greenery can come at large, often prohibitive costs.

There are a variety of reasons why residents of urban areas like to have green lawns on their properties. For one, they […]

The Benefits of Salad Greens as Solutions to Soil Contamination

By |2019-04-09T10:14:36-04:00April 9th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |

When old factories, gas stations and other types of industrial locations that use a lot of petroleum or gasoline get torn down to be repurposed for new uses, work must be done on the land to ensure it is not still a “brownfield” when the new owners take over. In many cases, this type of […]

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